Posted Sept. 17, 2015
Eddie Junior Tapia a 41-year-old Latino, was shot and killed by sheriff's deputies Thursday, Sept. 10, in the 9200 block of Lakewood Boulevard in Downey, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department homicide investigators.
Deputies shot Tapia after he held people hostage for about an hour in a Chris' and Pitt's BBQ restaurant, according to the release.
Tapia was considered a person of interest in the shooting of his acquaintance, Rocio Lissette Vasquez, a 46-year-old Latina who lived in East Los Angeles.
Vasquez’s body was discovered by firefighters around 6:45 a.m. as they were putting out a fire in her home, according to a statement from the sheriff’s department. Her badly burned body was found on a futon in one of the bedrooms, where the fire started.
Investigators originally believed the fire was accidentally caused by Vasquez smoking in ...
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